A 30 seconds Hausa video posted by Kelsoblog9ja on Facebook on April 22, 2020, claimed that 200 people have been buried in the city of Kano.
The report spotted by fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was captioned: “Here is another burial of 200 people in Kano – whom the cause of death is not known”.
The video showed many people moving in and out of a cemetery while a commentator who spoke in Hausa said: “Look at how a cemetery looks like a wedding place, seeing dead bodies has become common, forgive us oh God, have mercy on oh God, we repenting oh God!”
After thorough investigation, CDD fact-checkers found there was no funeral for 200 people in Kano on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, as claimed by the report.
CDD also established that the video failed to justify the claim or answer vital questions like how the people died and which of the cemeteries in
Also, having claimed such a huge number of deaths, the report only showed three bars in an open truck which indicates that only three people were buried as against the number being reported.
Checks and inquiries made by CDD fact-checkers revealed that there was no news of such calamity within the Kano metropolis.
As at the time of releasing this fact-check, there has not been any statement from from the Kano State Government, the Police, Ministry of Health in the state.
However, the Assistant Secretary/PRO of Kano State Cemeteries Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Tukur Tarauni debunked the claim.
Tarauni told CDD fact-checkers that: “The news is unbelievable and entirely fake and that even in a big cemetery like Tarauni, between 10-15 people were buried on that day.” He added that the panic created by fake news entrepreneurs is uncalled for.
The funeral of 200 people did not take place in a single cemetery in Kano on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The report which has already gone viral is fake.
CDD uses this opportunity to caution the general public against peddling fake news.